The Majority Report with Sam Seder

Chokwe Antar Lumumba (@ChokweALumumba), mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, speaks with Sam at NetRoots Nation.

On today's show: More of the Kavanaugh confirmation dog and pony show. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) questions Kavanaugh about a "mole" that hacked Democrats' emails during the Bush admin; Kavanaugh claims he has no recollection of getting an email about this. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says all the non-incriminating stuff is already public, so what's the problem?

Sam plays his interview with Chokwe Antar Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi. Oft referred to as "the most radical mayor in America," Lumumba reluctantly ran for mayor after his father, Chokwe Lumumba, died after just eight months in office. Lumumba discusses his programs that give loans to community and worker owned cooperatives, the role millennials play in the politics and development of Jackson, and what electoral politics can achieve in the fight for equality. Also: the role played by race, racism, and segregation, the need for a systemic critique, and what books he's been reading.

On the fun half: Marco Rubio confronts Alex Jones in a hallway. John from San Antonio on progressive races in FL, MA. What went into Ayanna Pressley's surprise win in MA? The moment Pressley found out she'd won. parkland father Fred Guttenberg tries to shake Kavanaugh's hand, gets snubbed. Did Republican operative Zina Bash flash an alt-right symbol at the confirmation hearing? Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says Democrats should vote to confirm Kavanaugh even though Republicans wouldn't even allow a hearing on Merrick Garland and a Republican Senate hasn't confirmed a Democratic appointee since 1895. A Canadian calls in to defend Sam Harris. Will Kelsey Grammar's 'Frasier' reboot be about Jordan Peterson, and can the MR crew defeat JP with the power of apples? Stay tuned!

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Direct download: 9-05-18-Chokwe_Lumumba-pub.mp3
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The MR crew catches up on all the news they missed while they were on vacation!

On today's show: The crew remembers John McCain. Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal try to postpone Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings until they can sort through the 11th hour document dump. Dick Durbin asks to postpone the hearing because of Merrick Garland. Chuck Grassley explains the Kavanaugh documents. Could Obama have done more to get progressive judges on the Supreme Court? Lindsey Graham suggests Kavanaugh could overturn Roe precedent. Kavanaugh signaled in 1998 that he believes a sitting president can't be indicted. Milo VERY upset over being bumped from Politicon.

On the fun half: Zephyr Teachout and AOC are coming to SUNY New Paltz. Republicans burn their own shoes over Colin Kaepernick Nike ad. Tucker Carlson uses the term "ruling class," says kneeling during the anthem will lead to the fall of American society. Judge Napolitano visibly deflated after legal analyst says Trump's latest tweet gives "fodder" for Mueller's probe. Ronald Raygun acts out. Trump claims the Democrats want to "raid Medicare to pay for socialism." Jeff from GA encourages Sam to debate the ghouls. Jamie advises a listener on starting a DSA chapter. Sam and Michael's take on Iran, Russia and China.

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Direct download: 9-04-18-Sam_Seder-pub.mp3
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Today our annual repeat of a compilation of labor speeches from FDR, Mario Savio, John Lewis, & more. Full live show returns tomorrow!

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Direct download: Labor_Day_2018_show.mp3
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Hey folks, trip down memory lane today as we replay one of the most referenced libertarian debate in Majority Report folklore, the first debate with Libertarian Professor Walter Block. Professor Walter Block proposed that laissez faire free market exchanges are the best way to organize society, how Block thinks the United States limits freedom, debating the minimum wage, full time workers who live in poverty, debating minimum wages and job losses, what is the value of wages if they don't provide a living? Professor Block explains his far, far, right views on slavery, Block's stunning opposition to the Civil Rights movement, Block's sort "amazing" point about bisexuality and the right to discriminate and debating car safety...

 

For members: from 2013, Matt Taibbi gives his play by play commentary of CNBC's hilarious interview with Alex Pareene and why anybody could do Jamie Dimon's job.

 

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Direct download: 8-31-18-Walter_Block-pub.mp3
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TODAY, Emily Ogden talks to us about her book 'Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism.'

Franz Mesmer's animal magnetism as a "scientific" for of folk magic. The relationship between mesmerists and debunkers. The parallels in "rationality as totemic device" between the mesmerists and the New Atheists. What to make of the dupes?

For members: From the Air America archive, Janeane, Paul Rudd (in for Sam), Amy Poehler, and Fred Armisen talk about Sam's wedding and how Hollywood and Wall St are controlled by the same sort of psychos. From June 21, 2004.

 

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Direct download: 8-30-18-Emily_Ogden-pub.mp3
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Today, writer Quinn Slobodian joins us to discuss his new book, 'Globalists: The End Of Empire & the Birth of Neoliberalism.' With Sam, he discusses Neoliberalism as a discrete political movement for technocratic protection of capitalism. The similarities and differences between Neoliberals and Keynesians. How decolonization was seen as a threat to capitalism. How Neoliberalism uses democracy while fundamentally distrusting it.

FOR MEMBERS: Another throwback to Air America days, Sam and Janeane talk to the late writer and historian Tony Judt on Abu Ghraib, governmental lying, the media during wartime, Israel/Palestine and much more. Recorded 6/2/2004.

 

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Direct download: 8-29-18-Quinn_Slobodian-pub.mp3
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Today writer Daegan Miller (@DaeganMiller) joins us to discuss his new book, 'This Radical Land: A Natural History of Dissent.' Fun half returns next Tuesday.

What is radical environmentalism? How freedom and justice require environmental ethics, and how the social and natural can't be understood apart from each other. Exploitation as a fundamental to both social and environmental justice. Thoreau and the ethics of surveying. Timbuktu and the legacy of African-American pioneers.

 

For members: Air America throwback (2/11/2005), Sam and Janeane interview Eugene Mirman, Eddie Izzard, Flight of the Concords, and Stewart Lee live from the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

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Direct download: 8-28-18-Daegan_Miller-pub.mp3
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Today, an interview with historian Anna-Lisa Cox on her new book, "The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality." Cox uncovers the early history of America's black frontiersman in the late 18th century, and what happened to what was once the largest area on earth set aside for equality in the NW territory (Ohio, Indiana, etc). Why white supremacist movements of the early 19th century were a response to black success and not black failure on the frontier. What America might look like had laws coded to privilege whites not destroyed the black frontier. The co-ed, interracial boarding schools of Indiana in the 1840s, started by African-American famers, and later burned down.

 

For members, Sam grills H. Jon Benjamin on his jazz album (from 2015).

 

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Direct download: Anna_Lisa_Cox_Show_Monday_Public.mp3
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Journalist and author Corey Pein (@coreypein) and Matthew "Film Guy" Weiss (@langdonboom) join us.

On today's show: Jesse Watters' futile attempts to own Jessica Tarlov on immigrants and crime.

Corey Pein (@coreypein) joins us to discuss Elon Musk, white supremacists in Oregon, and more. Is the mess at Tesla evidence the public sector needs to step in and expropriate the green energy project? And what's with all the white nationalists in Pinochet t-shirts who've been invading Portland, OR? Pein breaks it down. Check out his new book, "Live, Work, Work, Work, Die: A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley."

Film Guy Matthew (@langdonboom) joins us to talk all things film. A roundtable on Boots Riley's "Sorry to Bother You" and Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman." Is Spike Lee too easy on the police? Jamie critiques "Sorry To Bother You"'s gender politics. The crew reveal what books they've been reading. Matthew's film picks: "One Year in a Life of Crime" (1989) and "Joe" (1970).

On the fun half: Mohammad Bin Salman brings equality to women in Saudi Arabia...by sentencing a woman protester to death. Trump says flipping on someone should "almost" be illegal. Rep. Duncan Hunter throws his wife under the bus, blames her for improper campaign spending. Concerned mom asks Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) if her kids will be safe if ACA is killed, is told to get off his lawn. Houthi rebels report 22 children killed by latest air raid on Yemen's Hodeidah.

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Direct download: 8-24-18-Matthew_Weiss-Corey_Pein-pub.mp3
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Martha Nussbaum, author and philosophy professor at the University of Chicago, joins us to discuss her new book, "The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks At Our Political Crisis."

On today's show: Tucker Carlson's willfully demented take on South African land reform.

Martha Nussbaum joins us to discuss her latest book, "The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks At Our Political Crisis." We live in times marked by increasing polarization. President Trump operates on fear-based politics, and most of his supporters are seen by the left as irredeemable racists. In this book, Nussbaum builds a case for love, empathy, and rational discourse as the way out of our current predicament, drawing on thinkers from Aeschylus to MLK.

On the fun half: A caller asks how to talk to his MAGA friends about politics. Trump on the hush money payments: "They didn't come out of the campaign. They came from me." Trump wonders why you'd impeach a president who's doing a good job. Stuart Varney warns against paying workers a living wage, America's slide into socialism. Can STEM solve the jobs crisis? Are working class Trump supporters voting against their own interests? A new poll finds 85% of Democrats and 52% of Republicans support Medicare for all. Duncan Hunter's campaign finance expenditures show he wasted GOP donor money on awesome things. A Brazilian caller critiques Lula's party's strategy.

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Direct download: 8-23-18-Martha_Nussbaum-pub.mp3
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